Fizer is a Vietnam veteran and founder of Roanoke-based lodging technology. He lives in Roanoke County.
"The recent transition of US Sen. John McCain made me think of Gregory Thompson's August 18 letter to the editor" Where does Jewish Christian come from? "John McCain understood the meaning, purpose and context of" Jewish-Christian "principles on which the United States is based. McCain strongly defended the Constitution. He loved Israel and often traveled with Joe Lieberman, a Jew and Democrat, to the ancient city of Jerusalem. McCain understood that Jewish people's special place in the past, present and future history as related to the Bible.
It is believed that the term "Jewish-Christian" was first used by Alexander M. Caul in a letter dated 17 October 1821, followed in 1829 by Joseph Wolff who used these words as they attributed to Jews converting to Christianity. But the context in which it was used today began in the 1960s to counter individuals and courts who began to misunderstand and remove context "Jewish-Christian" principles that they relate to our basic documents.
The Christian Old Testament is the Jewish Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). Written in Hebrew and Aramaic, both texts are the same in context and intention. They join as Jewish-Christian faith. One can choose not to believe in the historical events, places, and people in the Bible. However, the Bible is either historically true or not. Archaeologists found either the Dead Sea Role and other writings and artifacts – or they did not. Many historians of the time, especially Josephus, recorded either true events, separate from biblical accounts, or they did not. But its opinion out of the context of the authors does not change the facts. Putting the head in the sand is about as effective as "stopping the clock to save time". (Henry Ford)
Christianity began in Jerusalem from Judaism. The Greek word (Christianos) means "Christ's followers." The first Christians were Jews. Jesus was a Jew, born and raised a Jew, participated and learned in the synagogue practiced Jewish customs. The 12 apostles of Jesus were Jews. He interpreted the meaning of Old Testament prophecies that Jews were familiar with. Even though Jewish leaders of time did not agree with the interpretations of Jesus, it is clear that Jews in Israel began to equate Christianity for Jews and "Gentiles" and spread throughout the world (Gentiles – all people who can not trace their ancestors to Abraham, Isaac or Jacob).
All scriptures or events, whether they are old or current, must be understood in the original context and the author's intention at the time of writing. Otherwise, you will always reach incorrect conclusions. The purpose and reason for our founding, from the first settlers in Jamestown and Plymouth Rock to the authors / signatories of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, was founded on Christianity. How do we know? Because they said it in thousands of volumes of written material, including the congress record, which records all congress documents and is readily available to anyone to read. (Christian church services were endorsed by the Congress and held in the US Capitol for 50 years.)
In his letter to the editor, Gregory Thompson appeared to refer to Christians "whose followers have persecuted the Jews for the last two thousand years …" To be clear, many have persecuted Jews for centuries, but it was not and is not true for Christians who understand Israel's special place in God's eternal plan for mankind. I think McCain would agree that it is very important for US national security that we support and defend Israel and our Jewish-Christian principles against all enemies.
Our moral, family responsibility, justice, individual freedom from the government's harassment, as proposed in all US foundations from Magna Carta to the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, all build on Jewish Christian principles from the first century AD. Thus, the phrase "Jewish-Christian principles" is most appropriate for describing our origin. "